W-League: City defeat stubborn Jets

Melbourne City FC made it eight consecutive W-League wins, defeating Newcastle Jets 1-0 at Hunter Stadium.

In front of over 3000 people, Beattie Goad sealed the three points for the visitors, netting her second goal for the Club on the stroke of half time.

Tinkering with his tactics, Melbourne City FC head coach Joe Montemurro deployed a 3-4-3 formation, making three changes from last week's Melbourne Derby win.

Goalkeeper Brianna Davey returned from injury to make her debut for the Club while Goad and Amy Jackson were promoted to the starting 11.



It was Larissa Crummer who found the back-of-the-net first however, tucking Goad's pass into the bottom corner only to be disallowed by the assistant's raised flag.

Steph Catley and Kim Little were next to try their luck in front of goal, but werre foiled consecutively by Jets defender Hannah Bromley.

16-year-old Newcastle 'keeper Hannah Southwell was tested on numerous occasions throughout the first half, most notably denying Lisa De Vanna's shot-turned-cross.

Despite controlling majority of the possession, Newcastle were providing stubborn resistance for Montemurro's outfit.

The breakthrough then came moments before half time as Goad struck with her left foot from 20-yards, finding the bottom corner.



A chip from De Vanna almost doubled the vistor's advantage soon after the interval while Little came agonizingly close after directing her attempt from six yards over the crossbar.

Melbourne City returns to CB Smith Reserve next weekend, hosting Perth Glory.

Match details:

Melbourne City 1 (Goad 44’)

Newcastle Jets 0

Venue: Hunter Stadium

Attendance: 3292

Melbourne City FC: 1. Brianna Davey (gk), 4. Jennifer Beattie, 5. Laura Alleway, 6. Aivi Luik, 7. Steph Catley, 8. Kim Little, 9. Larissa Crummer (17. Marianna Tabain 80’), 10. Jess Fishlock ©, 11. Lisa De Vanna, 15. Amy Jackson, 16. Beattie Goad (13. Rebekah Stott 75’).

Unused Substitutes: 20. Trudy Burke (gk), 3. Alex Chidiac.